Composting is a fantastic way to save money and better for your garden’s soil. It is not hard to figure out why so many eco-friendly people rave about the benefits of composting. Up to 30% percent of all household waste is an organic material which can be used to compost. To start composting the basics are simple.
You start with three ingredients browns, greens, and water.
Browns- Browns consist of dead leaves, twigs and branches
Greens- Greens consist of grass clippings, fruit scraps, coffee grounds, etc.
Water- Having the right amount of water is key to helping the organic matter break down.
Why these three items? The browns you use will produce your carbon. The greens create nitrogen, and the water aids in the break down of organic material Bacteria use carbon as a root of energy (to keep on eating) and nitrogen to increase protein in their bodies (so they can continue to grow and reproduce). They receive energy by oxidizing organic matter, especially the carbon fraction. This oxidation process warms up the compost pile from standard air temperature.
Composting enriches your soil by adding extra nutrients to the soil which can help reduce erosion. This is possible as it helps the soils ability to hold water. Composting is not only helpful for aiding with erosion and nutrients. It also attracts healthier insects such as worms, different bacterias, fungi’s and birds which are beneficial to crop growth.
You’ll find out quick that composting is cost-effective and helps save money. As you’ll be adding fresh, usable nutrients into your soil, you’ll need to purchase less artificial fertilizers. As some areas charge you for the amount of trash, you have this can save you money. No more need to purchase chemical fertilizers. Compost is free! Compost assists to retain soil moisture, so you water less.
The nutrients from compost are not washed away by rainfall. No waste!
Your carbon footprint is massively reduced as your adding less to landfills. This can not only help air quality but emission from vehicles as well as transporting garbage from households to landfills.
By using compost:
The greenhouse gas emissions linked to fertilizer
production are shunned.
There is a significant decrease in the application of pesticides
(avoiding emissions associated with their production).
Improves health and workability of soils, producing in
less fuel consumption to till the soil.
Helps soils hold or sequester carbon dioxide.
Overall composting can have many benefits and is simple to start.
With many benefits is almost crazy not to compost. So save those scraps, build your garden and get composting!